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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Arusha gears up for census

18th June 2012

A Total of 158 teachers and 70 clerks have been lined up for this year’s population and housing census in Arusha region.

“Everything for the August 26, census is in place, these teachers and other officials will be in-charge of executing the exercise across the region,” Margaret Martin, regional population and housing census’ coordinator.

Addressing the regional census committee who attended one-day training, she said that this year’s census will play an instrumental role to the country’s development compared the four past population and housing census.

“All census activities are being carefully designed to use less time than before.

One of the critical areas is to develop a census questionnaire tracking system that will enable full accountability of forms printed and used,” she said.

The 2012 census will be the fifth one to be carried out since independence. Previous censuses were carried out in1967, 1978, 1988 and 2002.

“But this census, this year’s census will, for the first time, include details pertaining to Tanzanians in the diaspora, people with disabilities and maternal deaths.”

The data collected in these censuses have been extensively used in evaluating the impact, diverse policies and programmes on improving the standard of living of the population, particularly poverty reduction.

She said that trial population and housing census in the region was held in

Ngorongoro district, and proved to be successful.

Opening the training here over the weekend, chairman of regional census committee, Magesa Mulongo, called upon all social groups, public institutions and private sector to actively play their role in sensitizing people on the need for them to participate in the forthcoming countrywide population census.

Mulongo who is also the Arusha regional Commissioner, said the role towards sensitizing people on the need for them to take part in the August 16, population and housing census.

“In order to make this exercise to be effective, there is a need to ensure that all social groups are highly involved as this census meant to gather all important information of the exact number of people, so that the government plan in relation to the number of people,” RC Mulongo said.

He also insisted the need to ensure all disabled people are involved in the exercise.

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